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tux_bdayOggi è un giorno molto speciale per Linux, perché proprio 20 anni fa in questo stesso giorno Linus Torvalds si sedette al suo computer per condividere alcune parole sul suo sistema operativo ‘hobby’ con gli utenti di Minix – un sistema operativo UNIX – su Usenet newsgroup ‘comp.os.minix’.

Questo il suo messaggio originale..e da qui partì tutto.

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them :-)

Linus (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.
—Linus Torvalds

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